Volodin said that the women should complain to the Duma's ethics committee — something Rustamova and Zhuk have done.
But independent media is calling for swifter action, namely Slutsky's resignation. Both Meduza and Vedomosti published editorials on Wednesday demanding that Slutsky either step down or be forced out.
"We know, which means they also know, that deputy Leonid Slutsky has been sexually harassing press pool journalists for many years," Meduza's editorial board wrote. "We know, which means they also know, that these allegations have been verified openly by multiple independent sources and an audio recording. We know, which means they also know, that Slutsky doesn’t even recognize these allegations, ridiculing his accusers and refusing to apologize. We know, which means they also know, that Slutsky will continue to harass women again and again, if he keeps his seat and faces no consequences. And it won’t only be Slutsky.
"And we know, which means the Duma also knows, that Leonid Slutsky must step down on his own or be forced to resign."
Jane Lytvynenko contributed reporting to this story from Toronto.